have been a permanent resident (i.e. received your green card)
in the US for five years, you are eligible to apply for US citizenship.
- Fill out the N-400 form. Mail the form to the processing
center that covers your state, together with two passport
photos, a check to cover the processing and any other fee
as instructed, and a photocopy of both sides of your green
card. If husband and wife are filing together, put both applications
in the same envelope so that your finger printing and interview
will be scheduled for the same time.
If you have taken a trip outside the US for more than six
months, then you need to provide evidence showing your tie
to the US. Such evidence can be your tax return form, your
US pay stub, your US mortgage or rent payment record.
- Get fingerprinted. You will receive appointment letter for
the time and location to get your fingerprints taken. After
this, you can look
up this web page to check the processing status of
your N400 application, among other applications.
- Take the interview. You need to bring your ID including
your passport and green card. You will be asked questions
about your application and background. Then you will take
the English and civics test.
- Take the oath. If you have passed the interview, you will
receive a notice to attend a Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
On the back of the notice, you will be asked about what you
have done since your interview, such as if you have traveled
outside the US. After taking the oath, you will receive your
Certificate of Naturalization. This is proof that you are
a US citizen. You are recommended to apply for a US passport
soon after this ceremony.